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Willis O'Brien
Willis Harold O'Brien (March 2, 1886 – November 8, 1962) was an American motion picture special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer, who according to ASIFA-Hollywood
ASIFA-Hollywood
"was responsible for some of the best-known images in cinema history," and is best remembered for his work on The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949), for which he won the 1950 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Visual Effects.[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Filmography2.1 Silent shorts 2.2 Feature films 2.3 Short films 2.4 Story by 2.5 Unrealized projects3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit]Play media The Dinosaur and the Missing Link (1915)Play mediaR.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (1916)Willis O'Brien was born in Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States
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Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. The picture was Welles's first feature film. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Welles. Considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans to be the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
was voted as such in five consecutive British Film Institute Sight & Sound polls of critics, until it was displaced by Vertigo in the 2012 poll. It topped the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies list in 1998, as well as its 2007 update
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Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis
(TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
(MTB).[1]
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Los Angeles, California
Los AngelesCSA Los Angeles-Long BeachMSA Los Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimPueblo September 4, 1781[3]City status May 23, 1835[4]Incorporated April 4, 1850[5]Named for Our Lady, Queen of the AngelsGovernment • Type Mayor-Council-Commission[6] • Body Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council • Mayor Eric Garcetti[7] • City Attorney Mike Feuer[7] • City Controller Ron Galperin[7]Area[8] • City in California 502.76 sq m
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Komodo Dragon
The Komodo dragon[4] ( Varanus
Varanus
komodoensis), also known as the Komodo monitor, is a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar.[5] A member of the monitor lizard family Varanidae, it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (10 ft) in rare cases and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 lb).[5] Their unusually large size has been attributed to island gigantism, since no other carnivorous animals fill the niche on the islands where they live.[6][7] However, recent resear
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The Last Days Of Pompeii (1935 Film)
The Last Days of Pompeii
The Last Days of Pompeii
(1935) is an RKO Radio Pictures
RKO Radio Pictures
film starring Preston Foster
Preston Foster
and directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Ernest B. Schoedsack
and Merian C. Cooper,[1] creators of the original King Kong. Although inspired by the novel of the same name by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the film has virtually nothing to do with the book.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Notes 4 References 5 External linksPlot[edit] In the time of Jesus Christ, blacksmith Marcus (Preston Foster) is content with his life, beautiful wife Julia (Gloria Shea) and six-month-old son. However, when Julia and their child are run down by a chariot in the streets of Pompeii, Marcus spends the little money he has to pay for a doctor and medicine. Needing more, in desperation, he becomes a gladiator
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Dancing Pirate
Dancing Pirate
Dancing Pirate
is a 1936 American musical comedy film directed by Lloyd Corrigan. It is the third film shot in the three strip Technicolor process and the first musical in that format. Produced by the makers of Becky Sharp, the film was based on the December 1930 Colliers Magazine
Colliers Magazine
story Glorious Buccaneer by Emma-Lindsay Squier[1] a serious and action filled romance that may have been inspired by the story of Joseph Chapman.[2][3] The film features the debut of stage star Charles Collins and the cast includes Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
as one of The Royal Cansino Dancers
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Technicolor
Technicolor
Technicolor
is a series of color motion picture processes, the first version dating from 1916,[1] and followed by improved versions over several decades. It was the second major color process, after Britain's Kinemacolor, and the most widely used color process in Hollywood
Hollywood
from 1922 to 1952. Technicolor
Technicolor
became known and celebrated for its highly saturated color, and was initially most commonly used for filming musicals such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Down Argentine Way
Down Argentine Way
(1940), costume pictures such as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Fantasia (1940). As the technology matured it was also used for less spectacular dramas and comedies
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Orson Welles
George Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(/wɛlz/; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative[1] work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary[2] 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
(1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made. In his 20s, Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman
John Houseman
founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941
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George Pal
George Pal
George Pal
(born György Pál Marczincsak;[1][pronunciation?] February 1, 1908 – May 2, 1980) was a Hungarian-American animator, film director and producer, principally associated with the fantasy and science-fiction genres. He became an American citizen after emigrating from Europe. He was nominated for Academy Awards (in the category Best Short Subjects, Cartoon) for seven consecutive years (1942–1948) and received an honorary award in 1944. This makes him the second-most nominated Hungarian exile (together with William S. Darling and Ernest Laszlo) after Miklós Rózsa.Contents1 Early life and career 2 Death 3 Awards and honours 4 Preservation 5 Live-action feature films 6 Unreleased, unfinished, or projected films 7 Posthumous collection 8 Bibliography 9 References 10 External linksEarly life and career[edit] Pal was born in Cegléd, Hungary, the son of György Pál Marczincsak, Sr.[citation needed] and his wife Maria
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Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir
Sir
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective. The Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle was a prolific writer; his non-Sherlockian works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger
Professor Challenger
and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. One of Doyle's early short stories, "J
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Tulips Shall Grow
Tulips Shall Grow is a 1942 American animated short film directed by George Pal
George Pal
and released by Paramount Pictures.[1]Contents1 Plot 2 Reception 3 References 4 External linksPlot[edit] A Dutch boy and girl's idyllic existence is destroyed when they are overrun by a group of Nazi-like mechanical men called "The Screwballs",[1] who lay waste to everything they touch. The Screwballs are later destroyed and the boy and girl's idyllic life resumes. Reception[edit] The cartoon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons
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Pete Peterson (animator)
Pete Peterson (born Svend Aage Pedersen; September 30, 1903 - February 24, 1962) was an American motion picture special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer, best remembered for his work with Willis H. O'Brien on Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Black Scorpion (1957) and The Giant Behemoth (1959).[1]Contents1 Biography 2 Test films2.1 Las Vegas Monster test footage 2.2 Beetlemen test footage3 See also 4 References 5 External linksBiography[edit] Pete Peterson, who changed to this name in 1945, worked as a grip at RKO studios in Hollywood in the 1940s and was assigned to work on Mighty Joe Young (1949) lighting the miniature sets where technical creator Willis H
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Jesse L. Lasky
Jesse Louis Lasky (September 13, 1880 – January 13, 1958) was an American pioneer motion picture producer.[2] He was a key founder of Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
with Adolph Zukor, and father of screenwriter Jesse L. Lasky, Jr.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Legacy 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Born in to an Jewish family[3] in San Francisco, California, he worked at a variety of jobs but began his entertainment career as a vaudeville performer that led to the motion picture business. Career[edit] In 1911, Lasky was the producer of two Broadway musicals: Hello, Paris and A La Broadway.[4] Beatrice deMille
Beatrice deMille
was also producing plays on Broadway and she introduced him to her son Cecil B. DeMille.[5] They ventured into motion pictures in 1913. Lasky's sister, Blanche, married Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
and in 1913 Lasky and Goldwyn teamed with Cecil B
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This Is Cinerama
Cinerama
Cinerama
is a widescreen process that originally projected images simultaneously from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply curved screen, subtending 146° of arc.[clarification needed] The trademarked process was marketed by the Cinerama corporation. It was the first of a number of novel processes introduced during the 1950s, when the movie industry was reacting to competition from television
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